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I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

Allergies..: When you experience nasal allergies the mucus is collected in the upper respiratory tract and drains from your nose to the back of your throat sort to say. That is the clear mucus you are noticing. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls now and then. I have

Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls now and then. I have

Combination problem: I assume you have had a thorough history and physical with appropriate tests including lung function, chest xrays and CT of sinuses.
Many people with chronic cough tend to have a combination of 1-asthma, 2-post nasal drip from allergies and/or sinusitis and 3-silent gastroesophageal reflux. All three must be managed. Don't brush aside #3 even if you don't feel heartburn. ...Read more

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When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it?

When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it?

Old blood-mucous: Get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x-ray and stop smoking. ...Read more

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I cough up clear mucus with what looks like balls these range in size and colour what could this be and what should I do?

I cough up clear mucus with what looks like balls these range in size and colour what could this be and what should I do?

Probably a cold: Maybe an allergy. Allergy don't cause fevers or aches and pains. You might have swollen lymph nodes ("glands") in the neck with a cold. Allergies to outdoor environmental things like pollens are usually seasonal. Indoor things (dust) are all year round. Antihistamines are helpful as symptom reducers for allergies and are available OTC. Best for colds chicken soup. ...Read more

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Why do I have little of blood when I cough out mucus?

Not unusual: It is not unusual to sometimes get a bit of blood in mucus when you cough forceful or clear your throat repeatedly. Stay hydrated to thin mucus and reduce the need to cough or clear throat as much. If you are getting a teaspoon or more of blood/ bloody mucus when you cough or clear your throat, you should see you primary doctor promptly. ...Read more

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While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

OK if you are better: Average time to cure a viral syndrome is 2 weeks — not unusual to have above symptoms as long as they are improving. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a cough after using advair? Also, coughing up a small amount of mucus. Only used twice and stopped use per dr request.

Is it normal to have a cough after using advair? Also, coughing up a small amount of mucus. Only used twice and stopped use per dr request.

Cough: Some people have irritation in their throat from their inhaler and can cough immediately following its use. If you are using the advair diskus, (salmeterol and fluticasone) it is a more common problem as it is a powder inhaler. I think you need to have your doctor review your treatment but you should be fine on the long run with it, and rinse your mouth after you use it to avoid oral thrush. ...Read more

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I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?

I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one I let an out a cough and sometime a little of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one I let an out a cough and sometime a little of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Respiratory issues: Difficulty breathing on exhalation with mucus production is commonly seen in asthma. Difficulty breathing on inspiration with a cough is commonly seen with vocal cord dysfunction. Some people have both. A physician can perform spirometry (lung function test) to assess and provide recommendations for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest? I've had bronchitis last

I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest?
I've had bronchitis last

Asthma: I'm suspicious that your persistant cough may be a form of asthma. It does not sound like you are infected. I would wonder if the cough wakes you up at night or if it gets worse with exercise. If it continues you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice, small cough little of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse voice, small cough little of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse: If greater than three weeks, have ENT take a look at your vocal cords. Otherwise, voice rest, no smoking, no alcohol, drink a lot of clear fluids, no throat clearing ...Read more

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Why does my cough after-taste, taste like metal? (Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

Why does my cough after-taste, taste like metal? (Coughed a couple of times in the past two days though). Mucus this morning was little yellow.

See a doctor: The metal test after a cough could be concerning because sometime it could be the test of iron and that could mean that there is a blood might not be visible in you sputum so my advice go and see a doctor will examine you either will assure you or treat you of course there is a lot of other theory to explain the metal test as well good luck ...Read more

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Hello, I find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath I let an out a cough and sometime a little of mucus comes out?

Hello, I find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath I let an out a cough and sometime a little of mucus comes out?

Short of breath: Do you have asthma? How long have you been feeling short of breath? This could be a few different things, you could have allergies, sinus infection, asthma to name a few. Try some over the counter allergy medcation and if that doesn't alleviate your symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more